Italy and Tanzania - Region


Italy is the country where Mother Frances Streitel founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. The education of poor children and home care of the sick of Rome were some of the first ways the sisters met the needs of families.  In 1885, the first community moved from Vicolo del Falco to Borgo Santo Spirito and cared for the poor who knocked at their door and welcomed the many pilgrims, mostly German speaking, who came to visit the holy places of Rome. In 1905, while the congregation expanded to other countries, mostly in North America, Bishop Doebbing of Nepi asked the sisters to open a house in Castel Sant’Elia, to care for the children, the sick and the elderly.  In this place Mother Frances spent the last precious years of her life.

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In June 2004Ludovick J. Minde, Bishop of Kahama, invited the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother to open a mission in his diocese, located in the Shinyanga Region of northern Tanzania. After a process of congregational discernment, some sisters were sent to Ifunde, a village about 28 km from Kahama, to the parish of St. John the Evangelist, which also includes 20 other villages. Beginning in 2018, a new community will be present in Mwanza, on Lake Victoria.

Sharing life with the local people, the sisters try to minister to the daily problems and challenges regarding health, literacy, child education, evangelization and youth ministry.

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